Emerging Designer 2015 Winner: Gloria Forehand

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Gloria Forehand was the winner of the 2015 Emerging Designer competition at Charleston Fashion Week. The Korean born designer infused her heritage into every elegantly designed piece giving her collection an authentic point of view.  Eastern sensibility meets American wearability in her fall collection that focused on evening wear.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

Featured Designer: Seam Siren

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Featured designer Mary Wutz of Seam Siren conjured a collection of eco-concious clothing at Charleston Fashion Week. The fabric is made out of Nepalese nettle fibers sourced from an eastern  Himalayan women’s cooperative. Mary’s initiative to support the Kulung tribe of eastern Nepal encompasses her belief in preserving the ancient technique of producing fabric and constructing garments.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Charleston Fashion Week Day 5 Streetstyle

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As Charleston Fashion Week draws to a close, some of the best dressed people in Charleston pulled out all of the stops.  The styles ran the gamut from streetwear to party frocks to well suited gentleman. I think we live up to the title of the most attractive people in the U.S. pretty well.

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Featured Designer: Todd Snyder New York

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Classic American sportswear was the overall aesthetic for this New York designer Todd Snyder at Charleston Fashion Week.  His namesake collection might be new on the scene but this menswear veteran has held design positions at brands such as The Gap, J.Crew, and Ralph Lauren before launching his own label in 2011.  Todd’s background as a architect major can be seen throughout his collection with clean lines and a focused color palette

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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CFW Emerging Designer: Roy Blake Smith

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New Jersey based designer Roy Blake Smith featured his beautifully crafted collection of hand detailed garments at Charleston Fashion Week.  Incorporating couture techniques into his sportswear sensibility, Roy delivered a captivating runway show displaying his diverse designs.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designer: Sarah Ellis Clark

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Raleigh, NC based designer Sarah Ellis Clark’s carefully thought out collection at Charleston Fashion Week consisted of beautifully made garments for both men and women. The artisanal quality could be seen in the centuries old process of warping a loom, dying yarn, and weaving.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designer: Sydney Smith

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Raleigh, NC based designer Sydney Smith presented a runway show of refined pieces with a nod to the seventies. Her custom accessories such as leather gloves and bags tied all of the looks together to make a cohesive collection at Charleston Fashion Week.  The star of the show was a hunter green pony skin floor length gown cut to perfection.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designer: Casey Crespo

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Wilmington, SC based designer Casey Crespo whipped up a lunar inspired collection with a futuristic undertone.  The cocoon capes paired with second skin leggings were the highlights at Charleston Fashion Week.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designers: Ryan Workman & Daniel Velasco

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Savannah, GA based design duo Ryan Workman & Daniel Velasco teamed up for a runway show full of wearable art at Charleston Fashion Week.  Inspired by street art Daniel paints on fabrics as Ryan constructs the garments making for a one-of-a-kind collection.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant

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Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant‘s Miami infused show had you wishing for summer weather and a dance party to wear all the bright fun clothes to. The mix of high end and streetwear proved that this local department store really does offer it all.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Mosa Boutique

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Local retailer Mosa Boutique’s runway show at Charleston Fashion Week was full of sexy swimwear, boho dresses, and sportswear for men and women.  This upper King boutique pushes fashion forward styles that take you from the office to the party.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Charleston Fashion Week Day 4 Streetstyle

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Friday night streetstyle at Charleston Fashion Week was a mix of streetwear, boho chic, and wild styles for the men.  As the temperatures rose, so did the hemlines for the ladies.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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CFW Emerging Designer: Caroline Hulsey

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New York based designer Caroline Hulsey combined storytelling and tradition in her runway show at Charleston Fashion Week.  Utilitarian shapes dominated her collection excluding the hand knit finale dress which stole the show.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designers: Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclik

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Brooklyn based designers  Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclik of Scapes NY delivered a futuristic collection of new shapes and modern fabrics at Charleston Fashion Week. Their show was a conceptual display of contrasting ideas and shapes. Andie & Taylor’s handmade leather accessories were the perfect accents to each ensemble.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designer: Dinah Lightsey

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North Agusta, SC based desginer Dinah Lightsey showed a collection of modern swimwear at Charleston Fashion Week. Graphic cutouts and innovative design were the focus at this exciting show.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designer: Gabrielle Mandel

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Pennsylvania based emerging designer Gabrielle Mandel’s  socially conscious collection consisted of custom prints and flowy silhouettes at Charleston Fashion Week.  Every season each print is dedicated to a non-profit and for her fall inspiration and cause it was the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and Urban Tree Connection.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

CFW Emerging Designers: Roxanne Walton & Bernadette Jeudy

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No Charleston Fashion Week is complete without a childrenswear collection, and this one stole the show! Philly and NY based designers Roxanne Walton & Bernadette Jeudy sent their models in mini bespoke looks that would make any man want it in their size.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

Charleston Fashion Week Day 3 Streetstyle

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The rainy weather didn’t put a damper on the streetstyle at Charleston Fashion Week. Some of Charleston’s most stylish came either dressed for the drizzle or wore some serious color to bring some energy into the evening.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Featured Designer: HARBISON

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NC bred, NYC based featured designer Charles Harbison showed his eclectic collection of womenswear at Charleston Fashion Week.  Menswear influences could be seen in suiting details and sharp tailoring while juxtaposed against a feminine sensibility. Bold shapes and color blocking were the main focus on the runway.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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CFW Emerging Designer: Christian Caldwell

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Tennessee based emerging designer Christian Caldwell collection mixed sportswear and evening wear on the runway at Charleston Fashion Week. With an urban sensibility each piece stood on it’s own.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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